Lawrence serves up a simple but tasty granola recipe pakced full of slow-release energy for the day ahead.
We are often told that the most important meal of the day is breakfast because it fills your belly after a night’s sleep and fuels you for the day ahead.
There are many different things that we eat for breakfast and everyone has their own favourites, whether it’s eggs and bacon or thick pancakes.
It’s probably not a good thing to eat fried eggs and bacon every day though. Keeping a varied and balanced diet will help you not only keep in good shape but will also make those favourites even more special.
Good strong black coffee is a must every day to get me kick-started and focused but I need some form of slow release energy to keep me going through the morning. During the winter months porridge and honey does the job, but as the warm weather arrives I find myself wanting a lighter breakfast.
Summer fruits and yoghurt taste great, but don’t give me quite enough energy to get me through to lunch. I have found that granola, with its oats, nuts and honey combined with seasonal berries and yoghurt, not only tastes fantastic but also gives me the carbohydrate that I need.
Granola is easy to make in fairly large quantities and will keep in an air tight container. You can also change the fruit and nut varieties to suit your own taste and change the fresh fruit you serve with it each day so you don’t get bored.
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Hazelnut, pistachio and mixed seed granola
400g of rolled oats
100g of sunflower seeds
100g of sesame seeds
50g of pumpkin seeds
50g of chopped hazelnuts
50g of pistacho
200g of flaked almonds
1 teaspoon of dried ginger
100g of golden syrup
4 tablespoons of honey
100g of light brown sugar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
300g of raisins
Fresh fruit and yoghurt to serve
1.Mix all the ingredients together except the raisins (it will be a little sticky).
2.Put the mix into shallow baking trays and cook in an oven set at 140c (gasmark 2/3) for 40 minutes, turning the mixture after 20 minutes.
3 Allow the mix to cool and add the raisins.
4.Layer the granola, yoghurt and fruit to serve.